Woman, in-law sentenced to death in murder case
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A primary court on Wednesday sentenced to death a woman and her in-law at an open hearing for killing her spouse in northern Balkh province.
The 19-year-old woman, Raki, had murdered her husband, Akhtar Mohammad, with the help of her husband’s brother, Safiullah, three months ago inside their home in the Nehr-i-Shahi district, local officials said.
The two had been arrested by police soon after the murder and had since been under investigation.
The court in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital, handed down the capital punishment to the two accused at an open hearing.
Judge Mohammad Shoib Mehdi ruled the woman had jointly killed her spouse with Saifullah, the victim’s brother. He said the two had been found guilty of the murder and adultery and they had confessed to their crimes.
He said the two would serve a 10-year jail sentence for adultery and hanged for the murder under clauses 427 and 390 of the criminal law.
Safiullah said Raki had told him that her husband had sexual problem and that he had been in a land dispute with his brother and feared he might kill him.
He said he killed his brother after his wife served him poisonous food. “I regret that. At the time I had mental illness.”
Raki also pleaded guilty and said she was unaware of the country’s laws and again claimed her husband was sexually dysfunctional. “As a woman, I had been left with no option.”
The two urged the government to pardon them and lessen their punishment. The judge said the accused had the right to appeal against the verdict.
A tribal elder, Haji Mohammad Shoib Qarizada, who attended the hearing, said such courts were beneficial in reducing crimes.
However, he said adultery cases should not be decided in public because they had negative impact on the youth.
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